Jamila Gavin

Children's Author

Jamila Gavin was born on August 9th, 1941 in Mussoorie, Uttarakhand, India and is the Children's Author from India. Discover Jamila Gavin's biography, age, height, physical stats, dating/affair, family, hobbies, education, career updates, and networth at the age of 81 years old.

Date of Birth
August 9, 1941
Place of Birth
Mussoorie, Uttarakhand, India
81 years old
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Children's Writer, Writer
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About Jamila Gavin

Jamila Gavin (born 9 August 1941) is a British writer born in Mussoorie in the United Provinces of India, in the present-day state of Uttarakhand in the Western Himalayas.

She is known primarily for children's books, including several with Indian origins.


Gavin was born in August 1941 in Mussoorie in the foothills of the Himalayas. Her Indian father and English mother had met as teachers in Iran. She learned to describe herself as "half and half". She says online that from her mixed background "I inherited two rich cultures which ran side by side throughout my life, and which always made me feel I belonged to both countries."

Gavin first visited England when she was six and settled there when she was 11. As an adult she worked in the music department of the BBC before becoming a writer. She wrote her first book, The Magic Orange Tree and Other Stories, in 1979. After her first child was born, she became aware that there were few children's books reflecting the experience of multi-racial children. She has also written books reflecting her childhood in India, particularly her Surya trilogy.

Gavin is a patron of the Shakespeare Schools Festival, a charity that allows schoolchildren across the UK to perform Shakespeare in professional theatres.

Gavin settled in Stroud, Gloucestershire before 1990 and was still living there in 2012. In 2016, she became one of the founders of the Stroud Book Festival, together with Cindy Jefferies.

Awards and honours

  • On 15 July 2014, she was announced as a finalist for the Neustadt Prize for Children's Literature.
  • She became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2015.
  • Shortlisted for Richard Imison Memorial Award in 2001
  • 2000, Winner of Whitbread Children's Book Award (Costa Book Awards,)
  • 1997, Guardian Children's Fiction Prize, Shortlist
  • 1994, Guardian Children's Fiction Prize, Shortlist
  • 1992, Guardian Children's Fiction Prize, Shortlist